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Senate votes to ban chemically induced abortions

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Senate President Dan Dockstader listens to debate on Chemical Abortion Ban

After some emotional debate, the Wyoming Senate approved a bill that would ban chemically induced abortions. The bill would ban the procedure, which is more commonly used than surgical abortions, and would subject any doctor who performs it to a misdemeanor and a possible six month prison sentence.

Lander Sen. Cale Case said some women need the drugs for a variety of necessary reproductive procedures and Casper Sen. Bill Landen added that the legislation ignores some things that can happen to women.

“It doesn’t say anything about assault, or rape, or incest. It just throws the net over the whole thing and I just cannot quite get there because of that,” said Landen.

Bill Sponsor Tim Salazar of Riverton said the main reason he ran for office was to get rid of abortions.

“We have a disagreement, but I respect you and wouldn’t say that if I didn’t believe it. But for me, nothing is more important than protecting human life,” he said.

The bill passed 20 to 9 and now goes to the Wyoming House who passed its own abortion measure earlier this week.

Bob Beck has been News Director of Wyoming Public Radio since 1988. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.
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